Uganda Wildlife & Nature Safari


This tour will get you to The Pearl of Africa and leave a piece of your heart here. Uganda is endowed with wildlife, birds, beautiful cultures and rich history bound by very friendly

Itinerary
Gorilla and Chimpanzee safaris are for those of us interested in meeting the creatures who share such a huge part of our DNA. The treks are full of wonder and the joy of new discovery and insight, although it is often hard to know whether the gorillas and chimpanzees enjoy it more than the humans. They are safaris that make sure you travel ethically so that gorilla and chimpanzee habitats are protected for the next generations.

Mountain gorillas are one of the most endangered species vanishing from the wild. Scientists estimate that currently there are about 700 mountain gorillas in the world with half of its population residing in Uganda´s Bwindi forest.

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe International Airport
Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport, our Guide will pick you and transfer to your accommodation in Entebbe.
Overnight: The Boma Guesthouse or Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 2: Kampala City Tour
Morning breakfast, leave Ngamba to embark on your Kampala tour. Drive through the heavy traffic to the heart of Kampala city all the day busy town. You will start with visiting the Kabaka’s Palace and Parliament, The Kabaka`s Lake the largest man-made Lake in Africa made by Kabaka. Kasubi Tombs this heritage site was unfortunately burnt down in 2010 and is still in the process of restoration, Namirembe Cathedral this beautiful structure sited on a hill where you can oversee Kampala central offers a fascinating view for both local and foreign visitors, Rubaga Catholic Cathedral the oldest Catholic Cathedral in Uganda, The Baha’i Temple,Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine with
Overnight: The Boma Guesthouse
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 3: To Jinja and the Nile
Early breakfast will be provided as we set off to Jinja. This drive will take approx. 4 hours to the Basoga tribe in Uganda, Jinja is both an industrial hub and a tourism destination too. Historically it is known for sourcing the Nile. You will have a sunset cruise on the Nile later in the evening.
Option horse riding and White water rafting activity.
Overnight: Wild Waters Lodge or Gately on the Nile
Meal Plan: FB

Day 4: To Murchison Falls National Park
After an early breakfast at The Haven Lodge we will head to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary 180 km from Kampala for Rhino tracking. This sanctuary was started in 2005 as a project by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Rhino Fund Project as an initiative to build a sustainable rhinoceros population and relocate rhinos back to their original habitat in Uganda’s protected areas.

Here you will have a wonderful experience tracking the southern white rhinos.
From Masindi you will pass through Budongo forest to reach the top of the stunning falls where the placid Nile passes through a narrow cleft to create a thunderous roar as it fals about 150 meters deep. Enjoy the sunset as you rest and prepare for dinner at the lodge
Overnight : Paraa Safari Lodge
Meals:Full board

Day 5: Game drive, Launch cruise along the Victoria Nile
Early morning take a cup of tea and then embark on early morning game drive where you will sight variety of game such as elephants, lions, buffaloes, hartebeests, waterbucks, Oribi, Rothchild’s giraffe, hyenas and many others. Return from the game drive for late breakfast and a rest at the Lodge to prepare for an afternoon launch cruise down stream of the Victoria Nile and the base of the falls to see animals like the hippopotami, waterbucks, buffaloes and crocodiles.The shores also harbour variety of bird species such as hornbills, goliath herons, pelican bee-eaters and the rare shoebill. After this great experience go for dinner. Overnight : Paraa Safari Lodge
Meals:Full board

Day 6: Drive To Kibale Forest National Park.
This is a driving day where provision should be made to allow 8 hours on the road. You will depart Murchison Falls via the Rift Valley Escarpment road offering spectacular views over Lake Albert to the DR Congo and West Nile. You will proceed via the towns of Hoima, Kyenjojo and onto Fort Portal to Kibale Forest. You will have spectacular views over the volcanic explosion crater lakes and the fabled Mountains of the Moon known as the Rwenzori Mountains
Subject to your time of arrival at the Lodge optional activities would include a guided tour of the Crater Lake with the resident guide, you may enjoy a game of croquette on the lawn or simply laze by the pool.
Overnight: Ndali Lodge or Primate Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 7: Chimpanzee Trekking- Queen Elizabeth.
Kibale National park is commonly accepted for a superlative diversity and highest massing of primates in the Great Lakes region. You’ll be in the forest for the day accompanying the researchers for habituation experience or doing a normal guided chimpanzee tracking.

For Chimpanzee habituation, you’ll begin the day by trekking to the area that the chimps built their nests the night before. You’ll observe and follow the chimpanzees as they go about their daily activities, feeding, and grooming. They definitely don’t stay in one place, so be ready to move through the underbrush of the forest. We’ll send you into the forest with lunch.

Your researcher will teach you about each of the chimpanzees and how to identify the chimps by their markings. You’ll learn who is who and most importantly who is in charge. Your researcher knows these chimps well and by being with him you will gain unparalled access. You’ll be in the forest for the day and as the day ends the chimps will begin to build their nests for the night. Overnight: Ndali Lodge / Primate Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park
We will have breakfast at Ndali Lodge and drive out after breakfast for the famous savannahs and lakes of Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to herds of the Ugandan national animal, the Ugandan kob. You’ll be right at the equator and the foot of the snowcapped Rwenzoris, the “Mountains of the Moon,” once thought to be the source of the Nile.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is split into distinct sectors by water, the most important being the Kazinga Channel, Lake Edward, and Lake George. The day you will be exploring the savannah and wetlands ecosystems in the north sector of the park. Populations of Ugandan kob, buffalo, bushbuck, waterbuck, elephant, giant forest hogs and warthog were hit hard by poaching in Uganda, but wildlife populations are rapidly increasing.
This afternoon you’ll board a two hour boat ride on the Kazinga Channel. You will have the opportunity to view some of the largest concentration of hippo in the world; along with good sightings of waterbuck, buffalo, and other game that come to the water to drink. The Kazinga Channel is a 20 mile (32 kms) natural channel linking Lake Edward and Lake George.

There are a lot of crocodiles in the channel.
There are many fish in the channel which attract substantial populations of aquatic birds. You’ll spot on average over 60 bird species. It is a birder’s paradise. Overnight : Mweya Safari Lodge / Ihamba Safari Lodge
Meals:Full Board

Day 9: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kyambura – Ishasha
The Kyambura Gorge is an extraordinary natural environment and forms a stark contrast to the surrounding grasslands. Here you can track one of our closest animal relatives: the chimpanzee. The chimp population is quite mobile and viewing can be unpredictable but the walk itself is enchanting. The Kyambura Gorge experience is more than discovering chimpanzees in their natural environment: it teaches visitors about the ecosystems of Kyambura Gorge’s atmospheric “underground” rainforest, including vegetation types; bird identification and behavior; and chimp and monkey ecology.

Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a pretty good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they are habituated. You’ll then travel south into the remote and open Ishasha plains in the southwest of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Famous for tree-climbing lions in the fig trees, the Ishasha plains are also home to elephants, Ugandan kob, topi, eland, buffalo, wart hogs, and other savannah wildlife. The Ishasha River supports a healthy hippo population. The Ishasha River runs through this part of the park and it supports a healthy hippo population. Overnight: Ishasha Wilderness Camp / Ishasha Jungle Lodge
Meals: Full Board

Day 10: Ishasha-Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
After breakfast head out for another game drive in Ishasha and later exit the park and continue the drive south into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest region. Bwindi Forest is a World Heritage Site and it is a magnificent swathe of forest that crosses the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is one of the most biologically diverse in Africa. Bwindi has at least 90 mammal species, including 11 different primates. Have lunch at the lodge and later go for a Community Village Cultural Walk through the local Buhoma Village.

This walk is led by a community guide who will take you through the Buhoma market area and out on the local trails to meet the village banana brewer and a traditional medicinal healer. Along the way you see traditional farms and homes. Villagers may come out to greet you. If you choose, arrangements can be made for you to visit the people of the local Batwa tribe. These people were displaced out of their traditional forest habitat by the Ugandan government in 1991 when Bwindi Forest was declared a World Heritage site. Overnight: Buhoma Lodge / Silverback Safari Lodge
Meals: Full board

Day 11: Gorilla Tracking
After breakfast you’ll head to the park headquarters to attend an introductory session to learn about forest and gorilla trekking etiquette. Ugandan park guides will be taking you into the rain forest and there will be park guides in your party who work daily with the gorillas in Bwindi. You’ll hike to the point where the gorillas were seen the day before and track from that point. Trekking can range from 1 to 5 hours as you move into the gorilla’s home range.

The terrain is rough and sometimes muddy. Picnic lunches are provided. Birds abound with over 350 species sighted. Close to half of the world’s mountain gorilla populations (approximately 320) reside in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The mountain gorilla’s larger size and thicker fur coats distinguish them from their lowland counterparts. Seeing mountain gorillas is considered to be one of the most profound wildlife viewing experiences in the world.Overnight: Buhoma Lodge Silverback Safari Lodge
Meals: Full board

Day 12: Lake Mburo National Park
Proceed to Lake Mburo National Park, we arrive at Lake Mburo National Park situated around its central lake and home to herds of zebra, Cape buffalo and antelopes including oribi, topi and Africa’s largest, the eland. We enjoy a game drive here and there is usually time to enjoy a boat ride on the lake to see crocs, hippos and water birds. Alternatively you may like to do a self-guided walk on one of the many lakeside game trails. We stay tonight at a small lodge in the park where we also have dinner and time to enjoy our first night in the Ugandan bush.

Your accommodation is at Mihingo lodge a provision of 5 to 6 hours on the road between venues should be considered. Mihingo Lodge is situated on a series of rock out crops on the boundary of the park with views of Lake Opeta. Each of the accommodations is very private and beautifully sited. The lodge has a gorgeous infinity pool where the dining room overlooks a man-made waterhole that draws in game to include on occasions Eland antelope.
Overnight: Mihingo Lodge / Rwakobo Lodge
Meal Plan: Full Board

Day 13: Lake Mburo National Park
Conduct morning guide nature walk with Zebra and Impalas, lots of bird life will be seen on this walking safari. In afternoon conduct boat trip on Lake Mburo.
Overnight: Mihingo Lodge / Rwakobo Lodge
Meal Plan: FB

Day 14: Return to Entebbe
Return to Entebbe after a late breakfast anticipated driving time 6 hours on the road. En route you will pass the equator where a coffee break can be taken and possibly the picnic lunch provided by Mihingo. Day room – use at The Boma Guesthouse for freshening up and later transfer for evening flight out bound Entebbe.